A Staub Thanksgiving 2009

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A Staub Thanksgiving 2009

Literally every morning I think of Bill and Imbi Kinnon (Wedding Photo Right – In much, much earlier days). The reason I think of them is quite simple. They introduced me to my AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker.

This is going to take some explaining.

Bill and Imbi are multi-talented folks who own a video production company in Toronto. We met at the Sundance Film Festival/Windrider Forum where they were producing videos and I was producing The KindlingsMuse@Sundance.

We took an instant liking to each other. What’s not to like about a wild-eyed missional guy with an Estonian wife whose interests are wide reaching, eclectic and whose ADD keeps the conversation careening spontaneously and erratically like the ball in a pinball machine. But this is not why I think about Bill and Imbi every morning.

Bill and Imbi introduced me to one of my favorite gadgets, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. This simple little device, they claimed, when combined with high quality, fresh-ground coffee beans, makes the best cup of coffee you will ever experience.

As you would expect from erudite Canadians, they produced scholarly verification by way of an endorsement from New Testament Scholar Scott McKnight, whose love of coffee led him in search of the best coffee press on the planet. His search ended at the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker and he proclaimed the AeroPress gospel to Bill and Imbi, who like all good little disciplemakers, entrusted this gospel to me, a faithful man who is qualified to teach others.

Each morning I measure and grind the coffee, place it in my AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, add water that is precisely 165‚º, slowly and then patiently press my little AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker plunger producing the finest Americano you will ever experience, all the while, truly, thinking of Bill and Imbi who brought those most pleasurable experience into my obsessive compulsive daily routine.

During this Thanksgiving Season the fact is not lost on me that the waking thoughts of those more spiritual than I are on loftier matters. “Early in the morning my song shall rise to thee” was not written in praise of Bill and Imbi.” “One thing have I desired and that will I seek after” is not a Davidic reference to an early prototype of the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. The spiritually aware recognize that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”

I’ve been thinking about Jesus parable of the ten lepers, only one of whom came back and thanked God for his healing. All had been healed and only 10% gave thanks. It occurs to me that were I more aware I would be thankful to God for the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. Who invented the coffee bean, or taste buds or the olfactory sensory cells that allow me to smell the enticing aroma of coffee beans? Who is the maker of the maker of the AeroPress and the maker of the Kinnon’s, who revealed its wonders unto me?

This Thanksgiving I will continue to give thanks for the Kinnons for they are fine and worthy friends. I will think of them each day as I prepare my world’s best Americano. But I will also be attentive to the true giver of this and every other good gift, the beneficent God from whom all blessings flow.

Speaking of gifts. AeroPress would make a great one, especially at Christmas! Here’s the link to Amazon where I bought mine! AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

Happy Thanksgiving and Press On!

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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